Reopening Safely at the City of Boise

The City of Boise is excited to begin the slow and safe reopening of our facilities and services. We know that many Boise residents and visitors are looking for activities to do with their families and we're excited to provide you options.

Here are some highlights of what has recently opened, or will be opening soon:

Red Panda mother and two cubs
Zoo Boise Red Pandas

Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise will be reopening on Monday, June 22. The staff at Zoo Boise has been hard at work on a safe reopening plan and visitors must now purchase tickets online ahead of their trip to the zoo. There will be a set pathway around the zoo and some exhibits and activities will not be open.  Notable closures will be the Small Animal Kingdom, Penguin Pavilion and all playground areas. There will be no animal encounters including the Giraffe Encounter and Zoo Farm. We are asking visitors to wear masks while at the zoo.  All zoo staff will be wearing masks.

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Boise WaterShed

Boise WaterShed

The Boise Watershed reopened the indoor and outdoor campuses on June 15 for visitors. Beginning the week of June 22nd, select classes and tours will resume, including Watershed Wednesdays and the adult Watershed Studio. Many classes require pre-registration and have limited capacity, so be sure to register early.

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Splash pad with water features and fence around perimeter.
Splash Pad at Borah Park

More Openings + Activities

Boise Parks and Recreation has reopened the splash pads at Borah and Comba Parks, as well as the fountain at the Grove Plaza. Adult softball leagues, tennis lessons and golf lessons at the city’s municipal courses all resume the week of June 22. For a full list of Parks and Recreation reopening and programming plans now that the city has moved into Stage 4 of reopening, visit this website.

The Boise Public Library is working on safely reopening their facilities to library patrons the week of July 6. In the meantime, curbside services are provided at all library locations, computer appointments are being offered at the downtown location and virtual programming is offered throughout the week. Learn more by visiting

More information about other City of Boise service and facility openings can be found on the COVID-19 resource page.

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